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last minute hurdles delay the delivery of aid as momentum builds for a cessation of
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[technical difficulties] they attempted to drop pallets from the air after aid trucks were unable to reach the town last week because it was su rounded by i.s.i.l. russia has confirmed it began discussions. the hnc is saying it will accept the deal for two weeks. syrian kurdish fighters the y.p.g. say they will also abide by the cessation of hostilities. al jazeera's diplomatic editor james bays reports from new
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york. >> reporter: at the security council there was stinging criticism of the syrian regime. the u.n.'s humanitarian chief told ambassadors the government had delayed aid deliveries to and blocked assistance in the country. >> the number scope and complex ultimately of bureaucratic and/or obstacle thaz was placed in the path of simple aid deliveries is staggering. earlier this morning a wfp plane dropped the first cargo of 21 tons of items into the area. >> reporter: the world food program later released a statement saying there had been technical difficulties and they would try the air drop in a few days. it's not clear if any aid reached those in need. the issue of aid deliveries is sxreemly important. obviously, to get supplies to those in desperate need in
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besieged communities in syria but also because it's part of the plan drawn up earlier this month in munich to restart the political process. the other part of that plan is the cessation of hostilities due to start in syria on saturday. had will there be any resolution to mark the cessation of hostilities? >> watch in space. >> reporter: neither the u.s. ambassador or the russian deputy fee foreign minister who was visiting the u.n. would discuss details, but diplomats tell me the plan now is to hold a meeting of the security council on friday. they would then vote on a resolution to endorse the cessation of hostilities just hours before it was supposed to start. james bays the syrian organization says a town has been taken over
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>> reporter: the town which lies to the south of aleppo is essentially linked between aleppo down south towards damascus and also south-west towards another stronghold of the regime. that town had been taken over by i.s.i.l. fighters less than a week ago. now it appears that the regime has recaptured it. the main route is still not fully secured. parts of that route are under the control of rebel groups and the other parts still have remnants of i.s.i.l. fighters and that's based on the information we're getting from inside syria. it just goes to show how quickly territory exchanges hands in this war because like we've been saying, whilst the skies are are controlled by the syrian regimes and russian air force, on the ground being able to pain obtain positions and holding them, that
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has proven difficult for all sides involved in this civil war. that's why these territories often switched hands so often yemen's government is accusing the lebanese group hezbollah of training houthi fighters and says it will complain to the u.n. the evidence is a video released by saudi arabia's military showing a hezbollah operative inside yemen. both iran and hezbollah support the houthis but reject accusations they have provided military aid. vau destate television has been showing a security adviser telling how to carry out an attack. it was not said where. >> translation: we have a unique operation. i just told you what you have to do. don't ask about the details. just carry out the attack. it is up to me to tell you what to do and how to do it shares in china have fallen
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by 6% on the eve of a two-day sum ofity of g20 finance ministers in shanghai. the current market turmoil and global economic downturn are expected to be discussed. >> reporter: the markets here is seeing the worst slump in a mochlt 6.4%-- 6.4% it has closed. bad news after it started off on a bad foot. it is 23% off from what it was at the end of 2015. 2015 was not a good year for the market. it saw hassle of the value 10 trillion down to 5 trillion dollars of value in those markets. another slide again on thursday. what is going to happen moving forward, it is interesting because within just nine days the most important days will take place with the congress, fiscal policy is going to be on the agenda there. also g20 finance officials will
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meet on friday and saturday. why this is such a big and very important topic for the government here in china, that is because there is so many individual investors, individual savings that are put into the market. 80% of the market here is made up of individual investigators. that represents 80 million people. it is a very big social issue mere in china the u.s. and china have agreed on a draft resolution to expand u.n. sanctions against nok. the proposal will be put to the u.n. council on thursday in spons to the north korea's-- response to north korea pyongyang launch. >> reporter: they have been working on this since january when north korea carried out the fourth nuclear test. in the meantime there has been that rocket launch at the beginning of february as well and so this is designed as punishment for both of those events. the u.s. secretary of state john
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kerry has said these measures will go beyond anything that has been done before. in terms of sanctions against north korea, exactly what those measures will be has not been officially confirmed, but there is reporting coming out of the semiofficial news agency here in south korea suggesting that certain institutions inside north korea will be black listed the ministry for atomic industry, nada, nation air owe space organization which was in charge of that rocket launch which put a satellite into space in the beginning of february. china is on boofrd for most of those specific measures. the question is how effective they can be. if you remember in 2013 there was another round of sanctions after a nuclear test then. it specified the freezing of any transactions involving north korea's nuclear or missile programs but three years later we've seen what has happened. north korea has been adept at getting around sanctions. china doesn't want to see north
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korea collapse so there's questions of the level of enforcement on the chinese and north korean border. north korea may carry on with what is an extremely high priority target for it which is to pursue and develop its nuclear program egypt's president has said for the first time that a russian plane which crashed in sinai last year was brought down by aattackers who wanted to damage the tourism industry. he was speaking in a wide-ranging televised address. sisi offered an unusual solution to the country's economic problems. >> translation: let me esay something quite difficult. it is difficult to say that. let me be clear. if i could paracel myself to benefit this nation, i would have done it. you're a nation of 90 million. if only 10 million of us wake up every day and donate one egyptian pound one for the sake of this homeland that's 10 million pounds a day.
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egypt is a great country. it can do anything. if you truly love egypt, i'ming telling you, all egyptians listen to me, listen to my words only. only mine, i say sisi's offered to paracel him didn't have the response he was, perhaps, hoping for. there was a joke e-bay page listing the sale of a used field marshall in descent condition was created. bids passed $100,000 before the page was moved. others poked fun at his comments on twitter and facebook. more on this and we're joined by a senior lecturer.
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good to have you with us. it's not the first time, of course, that sisi's speeches have attracted, shall we say, attention on line. this one is kind of unusual, though. is it a sign that he is losing or he is worried about losing public confidence and he has to tell people to exclusively listen to him? >> i think this is already has been happening for a while now. the segments of society that supported him, cheered for him, believed that he is an saviour as some part. it's whether on the security front or economic front or on the political front in the sense that the country is extremely polarized. but the message yesterday was interesting on two levels. one, you have the economic situation which is dire, so he
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is coming with these plans, if you can call them politely, and this has to do a lot with the gulf in the countries. his policy has been clashing a bit and in that sense you see the recent visit of hezbollah figures in egypt and this does not go well with the saudi policy. that's on one hand, but on the other hand something he is sensing a problem, possibly a challenge internally and the words that whoever challenges us, or whoever threatness i'm going to destroy him-- threatens, i'm doing to destroy him, that is directed internally within his regime we have seen protests recently in egypt for different
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sections of the society. to what extent is the government in danger and threatened by unrest. >> it's always a possibility. this was a regime that spilt a lot of blood on the streets. you have only 40,000 political detainees, you have cases of oppression, kids sentenced for life sentences, kids under the age of 5 sentenced to life sentences. we have since july 25, waves of oppression. this did not cause the stability referred to. i think the instability but within the regime itself that this is a regime that is very different from another regime because it is not the most powerful player. the most economic and political actor is the commander of the army, the supreme leader of the
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council which rvd the president in 2011 and then another in 2015. then one of the members was sisi was endorsed endorsed and became the president. in that sebs if that council believes that the economic policy is causing - problems are significant, the foreign policies is not matching the major players that basically are hundreds of the regime and the security situation has not been enhanced then this has caused rifts in the region localities more to talk about here-- lots more to talk about here. a w.h.o. talks about a suspected link between zika virus and birth defects. iran goes to its polls for the
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first time since agreeing on a nuclear treaty. ear treaty.
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welcome back. a recap of the headlines now. the syrian observeatory for syrian rights say a town has been seized. the u.n. says it is tracking down 21 tons of aid which is tried to air drop to civilians. a pause in fighting between some warring sides in syria is expected to start on saturday.
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yemen's government has accused hezbollah of training houthi fighters. it says it will complain to the u.n. saudi arabia's military released a video which it says shows a hezbollah operative inside yemen. the u.s. and china have agreed on a draft resolution which will expand sanctions against north korea in response to pyongyang's weapons test and rocket launch in january. u.n. secretary gen ban ki-moon is due to arrive in south sudan in a couple of hours. it comes after 19 people were killed while seeking the u.n.'s protection. our correspondent reports. >> reporter: the smoke from 20,000 burning homes filled the sky for days. people who were already displaced to their homes to a camp were again made homeless. this time they found a dusty roadside between the base and
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their former homes. they moved here because they believed the u.n. would keep them safe. attack reveals how vulnerable they are still. >> translation: the fences are all open. you have to close the fences. now, look at this. the people's health are deteriorated. they're on the grouped. look at what they eat and drink. look at where they now sleep. >> reporter: almost 200,000 people live in u.n. protection sites. the u.n. mission to south sudan has a mandate to use force to protect people when needed. however, this is the third time people have been killed while under the protection of peacekeepers. >> you have a huge presence of u.n. you can see them here all over the place. again, we don't know what they are belt left with. you see what happened. a civilian died and the u.n. is there. then why are they given this.
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if they fail to protect civilians. >> reporter: witnesses in say it took the u.n. soldiers many horse to engage with that tackers to defend the people. after three massacres on u.n. bases people are starting to ask is this u.n. mission unwilling to use force to protect civilians a correspondent joins us now >> reporter: he has been on a brief tour. i imagine when the trip was scheduled it was before the massacre happened. i suspect when he meets with the president later today he will address the peace agreement which is likely to have been the most meaningful part of this trip before the end of last week.
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progress has been made tw towards forming a transitional government. it is the only ray of sunshine for his trip. he will head to the u.n. to meet with staff diplomats. what is likely to dominate those meetings is the attack on the protection of civilian sites on the u.n. base last week. i imagine that that is going to be a very pressing issue for him today how is that attack impacted relations between the u.n. and the government? >> reporter: as you know, u.n. bases are posed to be sacro- sankt and the people who were sheltering there were under the protection of the peace deepers. the attacks came from the government army. that will be a difficult conversation between the general and the government today. it will be how it can be that
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his own armed forces, a partner in this country can have attacked his u.n. base last week. apart from what's going on at that high level, down here on the street level people are really starting to ask the question why is the u.n. here. this is the third time that on their own bases civilians have been killed under the watch of u.n. peacekeepers. people see the u.n. all over town, in their armored vehicles and wonder if they're of any use to them at all thank you for that. the future of a sanctions free iran is one of the top issues on voters minds as the country prepares for elections on friday. for the first time the consult ative assembly and the council of experts are being elected at the same time. andrew simmons reports from tehran >> reporter: campaigning is now over. for people preparing to vote the main issue is the ailing economy and how much it could be transformed with the lifting of sanctions. the impact they've had could be seen by anyone landing in
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tehran. runways can resemble an aircraft museum with some planes more than 30 years old. straight after the deal came a 118 air bus planes including a dozen a380 double decker aircraft. many people want to see the color of the money coming into the country. this millionaire investment banker says the scope is massive >> we have the largest market in the region. it is totally diversified industry. well educated people, natural resources and a very large market for consuming. beside that, a market untapped for around 10 years. >> reporter: oil is the bed rock of the committee, but iran wants to reduce reliance on it. investment areas include the car
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industry and a host of lines of manufacturing. there will be new jobs and better wages. these are the questions of voters. with a banking system that have bail outs, people want to see when they can afford to indulge again. international sanctions had a limited effect on the rich while the poor became poorer. now conservatives and hard liners have always been able to rely on support from lower income families. if their living conditions improve, then could that be changing. the answer is it could do because the president is responsible for sanctions being lifted, but there's a question of timing. >> i think it is a lack of relations between iranian and international community. at the moment there is lack of confidence and a lack of - doing each other.
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to get to know each other, to get familiar with the business, we need more time, we need more competition. >> reporter: so it could be too soon for some voters to be convinced despite what appears to be increasing support for moderates and conformers, it may not be enough to see a parliamentary defeat for hard liners and conservatives a number of people killed by cyclone winston in fiji has risen to 44. more than 35,000 people remain in evacuation centers across the country. fiji's neighbors have been quick to respond with help. the government says it needs more aid. relief teams say supplies are being delivered, but the scale of damage to infrastructure is making it difficult to reach more remote islands. the health ministry says the country has recorded its first case of the zika virus. meanwhile, the head of the world
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health organisation has praised the brazilian government tore tackling the outbreak there. 1.5 million people are now known to be infected in brazil. three people have been killed in the united states following violent storms, homes and businesses across the states of have been destroyed by tornadoes. thousands of people have been left without power the man in charge of apple has defended his company to deny to help f.b.i. to hack an iphone. complying with a court order to provide the hacking technology would set a precedent and make customers vulnerable. the f.b.i. says it needs the phone unlocked for its investigation into december's attack in san barnardino which
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killed 14 people. >> this case is not about my phone. this case is about the future. what is at stake here is can the government compel apple to write software that we believe would make hundreds of millions of customers vulnerable around the world, including the u.s. we think it's bad news to write. we would never rye it. we have never written it. that's what is at stake here a top hacker has told al jazeera holiday' wood hasn't got a clue when it comes to protecting itself against cyber crimes. criminals are turning their attention to the studios. >> reporter: there's antidepressant ward snowden and hollywood director oliver stone. he is making a film about edward snowdeshgs n and this is raffle the man who he has hurried to keep prying ice away from the
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film. he is a hacker, a digital bodyguards helping hollied wood make sense of a world. >> the film is in the can, as if it were a physical thing. it's not. from the moment that you're capturing this film, it is a file and gets duplicated and multiplied. it didn't happen with a physical piece of film. >> reporter: hacking is big business. just ask sony about that. remember 2014, ki ber criminals breached its systems. they stole terra bites of data and it cost the firm millions of dollars. >> reporter: many businesses have fallen to some form of cyber attack. that figure was up 40%. this is getting worse not better. of course, hollywood is a major target for these hackers. in previous years the studios could control who saw what and
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when they saw it. everying was on film and much more linear. foudz you have so many people-- nowadays you have so many people involved in that production process and they're all using their phones and tablets and lap tops to go through the information. keeping prying eyes out is impossible >> reporter: this is a man who knows where knows weak points are. try aiming for the stars. >> you have talent which might go to the store and buy an iphone and might set the password to their dog's name and then do an interview holding their dog, talking about their dog's name and someone can pretty much figure out how to get things off their system >> reporter: for this digital body guard it is about damage limitation >> there is no 100% protection. it is verifying a potential threat early enough so that it doesn't have a huge impact. >> reporter: the hackers are in
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